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What can I do?

An outbreak of a new coronavirus is currently ongoing in the Wuhan region in China. In Belgium one case of the new coronavirus was diagnosed in a repatriated Belgian coming from Wuhan. The Belgian health authorities remain vigilant for other cases in the country.

Three simple actions you can take to help avoid the spread of flu viruses, coronaviruses or other viruses:

  • • Wash your hands frequently
  • • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose
  • • Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of a respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing

Have a look at our poster which provides tips for a good hygiene.

Frequently asked questions

Read the answers to the most frequently asked questions about the novel coronavirus here.


Do you still have questions after reading this information? Feel free to send us a message or call us at 0800 14 689

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Where should I go

If you are not feeling well and have recently been to China, or if there is someone in your immediate entourage who is ill and has been to China, contact your GP and mention your travel history and your symptoms. Do not go to the GP's waiting room or the Emergency department.

How is Belgium preparing

The novel coronavirus might appear in Belgium via a traveller. All Belgian GPs and hospitals know how to quickly recognise a patient who may be infected with the coronavirus, and what to do in such cases.

A reference laboratory at the Leuven University is able to quickly identify the virus. With the Sint-Pieter's Hospital in Brussels and the University Hospital in Antwerp, we have two reference hospitals where we can admit and care for patients in safe conditions.

The physician specialists in infectious disease control will also inform all people with whom the patient has had contact since they started showing symptoms. This will prevent the virus from spreading further in our country.